Friday Focus

A Year of Awesomeness at EHS

Introduction

Wow - The last day. It's finally here. Or, in another perspective - holy cow, I can't believe the last day is here!! No matter which way you're feeling, the end of the year always brings about a bittersweet feeling. We're all ready to take on our summer vacations, enjoy some relaxation, time with our own family and friends, and a much needed mental break. Yet at the same time, I always find the last day to be an emotional one. We've seen students grow, learn, and we have developed some amazing relationships with a whole new set of students, and grown even stronger relationships with students we've had in the past. Through all the ups and downs of the school year, to me, it seems, the ups are what come to mind at the end of the school year. We have a way of letting go of the frustrations that can come along with our profession, and we find a way to celebrate, and sometimes even become saddened at the thought of our students moving on.


I'd like to thank you for being such great role models, influences, and instructors to our students this year. A school is as good as the teachers who make up the staff, and I'd say our school is pretty darn amazing - and that's due to you and your hard work. People outside of education don't always understand the hours upon hours that go into planning, grading, learning, re-learning, re-teaching, re-planning, re-grading that you do day in and day out. But from the people who do understand, we love and appreciate you!


This week's Friday Focus will include a few new highlights from the past couple of weeks, but I'm also going to pull some oldies but goodies from earlier in the year.


Enjoy!

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Can you believe graduation is tomorrow?! Here is a quick snapshot right before graduation practice on Monday.
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Angie's students did a Shark Tank presentation about starting their own business. Included were detailed business plans, and in one instance - cookies! I was impressed with the detail of the presentations, and the products the students created!
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Jeremy and Anna were getting students engaged in Romeo and Juliet with some battles of line memorization.
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I popped into Ashley's class before Platinum and saw this fun rehearsal of "Sweet Caroline" - one of my all time favorites!
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Ok - Long story short here for Señora Lancaster's class - they were reading a story about a "duel" over a romance gone poorly, and they were practicing some vocabulary, speaking, and listening skills by doing some dueling themselves. It was hilarious and engaging at the same time! So fun!
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Scott's freshmen have been working on percent change in class, and Scott put together this awesome real-world activity for them to complete to calculate percent change. They had to scan QR codes to get problems to fill in the missing pieces to the puzzle. Very creative and engaging!!
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I've been sad that I keep missing it in person, but Eric has done a great job allowing the Twitterverse to see the rocket launches going on in his classroom (and lots of other great activities as well!) Way to go, Eric!!
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Did you guys miss the memo earlier last week about twin day? Bonnie and I must have been sharing brainwaves last Wednesday morning!! What a fun way to start my day!! :)

A Quick Look Back...

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Remember this great project in Julie's class? A great, hands-on, problem solving activity to get students to understand a concept.
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Who can forget trench digging day for Jason's class?
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I loved the upper level thinking skills that accompanied this activity of Morning's. Students had to draw some conclusions and apply them to some tricky concepts!
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Here are Nate's kids hard at work and having fun solving crossword puzzles that their classmates had created using one of the computer programs.
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Ahhh, take me back to football season and the halftime marching band performances! Here are the drum majors during their Pirates of the Caribbean performance!
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Bungee jumping Barbie, anyone?
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Angie used "Today's Meet" to elicit student engagement during a thought provoking video earlier in the year!
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Corrie's kids used Storify to research and present an influential British person that has had some impact on their lives today.
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Above is Shannon hard at work during her House on Mango Street unit where she had students write their own vignettes and share them with each other on Padlet - great use of technology for collaboration!
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A glimpse at the woodshop about halfway through the year - kids working diligently on their projects.
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Corrie took on quite the blogging project with his students - and the results were awesome!
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I loved this hands-on, multi-part activity that Joe did to get his students to grasp the concept of DNA/RNA transfers.
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This picture still puts me in awe - lots of hard work went into the production of "Game of Tiaras" including Austin's work on this gem! Don't forget Chris Paxton's contributions, too!
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Culinary students having a great time in a breakfast competition in Chef's class.
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There were some really memorable debates in Robyn's class! Loved seeing the kids step up to this challenge.
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Oftentimes this year, Sarah used her embedded upper level classes to help evaluate and instruct her beginner level classes. It was great to see!

Final Thoughts

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for a wonderful school year!! I'll miss you all over the summer and the beginning of the school year, but I do think I'll have enough to keep me busy. :)


Let's also take a quick moment to recognize our amazing secretarial staff and how hard they've been working also!


Lori - Thanks for keeping attendance SO organized and keeping us all on track of what needs to be going on in the building!!


Teresa - What a champ you are getting everything so organized and taken care of with our seniors and graduation!! I know the past week or so has been absolutely bonkers, and we couldn't have made it without you!


Bonnie - Keeping track of fees and money is no easy task, yet you do so flawlessly!! Thank you for the calm during the storm!


Theresa - With so many deadlines and complications in PowerSchool, we truly appreciate your efforts to make sure everything is recorded properly concerning grades!! Without you, it would be a total mess!!!


As crazy as the end of the year is for everyone, let's not forget to take a moment to smell the proverbial roses. Happy Friday, Happy Summer!!! Wahoo!!


Megan